HE metropolitan elite still hasn’t forgiven the American ‘deplorables’ for not electing their queen, Hillary Clinton. During the presidential campaign Donald Trump was smeared but not accused of racism.
That’s now changed.
The post-liberal Puritan Left’s self-appointed guardians of morality and truth have seen to that. Any dissenting from their narrative are labelled racist. And, like support for Brexit, championing Trump has come to guarantee an accusation of racism.
In the recent debacle over Trump’s latest tweets aimed at ‘the Squad’ – Democratic Party Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib – Trump-bashing, the fashionable way to virtue signal moral purity in our society, has reached hysterical proportions.
As Melanie Phillips has pointed out, Trump’s tweets were factually incorrect. Three out of the four members of the Squad are American-born; only Omar is an immigrant. It was certainly offensive to tell them to ‘go home’ regardless of the context, although the way Tlaib has paraded her Palestinian identity it’s hardly surprising if Trump got confused about her citizen status.
Can Trump’s tweets can be described as xenophobic? Perhaps. Are they rude and unbecoming for the office of the US President? Absolutely, although he is not known for his graceful linguistics.
But are they racist, a word so over-used that it has lost all meaning? No. Continually crying racism where it doesn’t exist is a disservice to those who truly do suffer from persecution.
Protecting borders and controlling immigration, as Trump seeks to achieve, are not racist acts as the Squad would insist. The colour or ethnicity of those trying to get into the States illegally is irrelevant. What is at issue is the illegality. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) border policies, Trump detractors conveniently forget, were started by the elite’s sainted Barack Obama.
And if the US is such a terrible racist and hate-riddled country, as the Squad insist, why are so many potential immigrants desperately trying to get in? If it is as dreadful as they say, surely millions would be fleeing the US, like those escaping Venezuela, not the other way round?
The MSM, dominated by the Left, shamefully mimics the Squad’s tactics, disapproving of dissenting voices, punishing conservative thinkers by imputation and too often giving succour to anti-Semitism. Their attitude insults their fellow Americans, including the hardworking, neglected and dispossessed who voted for Trump.
And now it has led to a backlash – as seen at a rally in North Carolina whose chants to send Omar back were indeed indefensible and horrible. Trump has rightly condemned them.
Every political party – Left or Right – can attract extremists on the fringes. They become a problem only if they start to dominate the party they have attached themselves to, as they have done in the UK’s Labour Party and now within the Democrats in the USA.
The hyperbolic outrage we witnessed in response to Trump’s North Carolina supporters, as well as to Trump’s tweets, risks distracting from the real culprits in the sowing of dissent and racial divisions. Yet the Squad escape criticism from the metro elite on both sides of the pond. Indeed they are now presented as arbiters of America’s morality – as they were all last week on the BBC – though they are anything but.
The idea that ‘black faces that don’t want to be a black voice’ are or should be persona non grata politically – surely the epitome of racist groupthink – has yet to be adequately condemned.
Elsewhere I have documented the anti-Semitism and hatred for America expressed by members of the Squad.
The latest intervention by one of them, Omar, backed by Tlaib, is to introduce a resolution defending a boycott against Israel. It is an insult to millions of Jews slaughtered by the Nazis and persecuted by the Soviets that she has compared Israel to Nazi Germany and the USSR. Yet where is the condemnation?
If Israel were destroyed, surely the aim of the BDS campaign, Jews would be vulnerable to wide-scale persecution and death once more – something that was promised could never be allowed to happen again. So where was the condemnation from Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt of their attempt to have the US boycott Israel? How come they were they so quick to damn Trump for his tweets but so silent on what provoked them? Is it that they fear being labelled racist if they condemn anti-Semites?
If we were living in sane times, Trump would be applauded for his stance on anti-Semitism and for calling out the Squad for their subversive, racist, anti-democratic and hostile attitudes. But sadly these are Orwellian times in which the MSM focuses almost solely on the fact that the Squad are women of colour, not on their behaviour or ambitions. As Melanie Phillips points out skin colour is no excuse for it, or for their ploy of playing the victim as they demonise others.
Some of the Democratic senior leadership, however, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus, have begun to express alarm. In a perfect example of how the Left eats itself, Ocasio-Cortez has already labelled Nancy Pelosi racist for criticising her. The Democrat House Speaker is unlikely to win the battle against this ‘progressive’ when she meets her next week.
Yet if the US political establishment continues to capitulate to these subversives, in 2020 the country will become vulnerable to an unholy combination of Islamism and socialism. The free world will be at even greater risk than it is already.
That’s why the elite and the MSM should think hard about indulging their obsession with Trump and his ‘racist’ tweets and start to recognise the real dangers to their country before it is too late.